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Poster: Lou Davenport Date: Sep 7, 2011 6:39pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: So what's next?

"The" shows because they were widely circulated first because someone happened to leave them in a locker? Sure, they're excellent shows, as so many others that month are, but I'll take Hartford over any of them.

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Poster: staggerleib Date: Sep 7, 2011 8:15pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: So what's next?

Don't want to stir the nest, but come on, Hartford seems to me still, not the monster it's been held up as. I love most of May, and have to hold up the 13th through the 18th as great examples.

Veblen and I were discussing this show, and his theory is actually valid. The guys were really polishing the setlist. If I were to look into it, I would say that the number of songs, and the order helped them to really hone the music.

Great? No doubt. But there just wasn't the spontaneity.

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Poster: Lou Davenport Date: Sep 7, 2011 8:35pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: So what's next?

What impresses me so much about Hartford is how unusual Jerry's harmonies are. After a perfect first set at Richmond and then a strangely pedestrian show in Baltimore, my sense is that he strove to be more exploratory in Hartford. Anyway, his solos in that show interest me more than any other previous show in the tour, and the crazy exploration continued into the Winterland trio in June.

I'm not sure what exactly you mean by spontaneous--maybe free and easy and enthusiastic? If so, I prefer more thoughtful harmonic exploration, even if it sounds less spontaneous to your ear. But isn't one great thing about the boys that so many of us get so many different things out of their music?

EDIT: Or were you talking about New Haven on the 5th? I ask because you spoke of honing, which makes more sense early in a tour than at the end of one, as at Hartford.

This post was modified by Lou Davenport on 2011-09-08 03:35:39

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Poster: staggerleib Date: Sep 7, 2011 8:39pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: So what's next?

I was really talking about Hartford, but New Haven is a good example. I wouldn't have brought it up as it was so early on.

I do agree as you state, though, that the beauty particularly in the Dead, is that so much is in the ear of the beholder.

And you're also right, that the relatively short list of songs allowed a greater degree of freedom within each musical framework.

Don't get me wrong, I happen to hold the Spring 77 tour to be the epitome of the band's live experience, but I would have preferred that they delve a bit more into the repertoire. That's all.